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Chelsea v West Ham Utd: half-time report

Filed: Saturday, 1st December 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

West Ham are level at the break in this afternoon's London derby at Stamford Bridge.

Alan Curbishley's side have more than held their own in a bitty first half, which was memorable only for the amount of yellow cards shown by referee Howard Webb.

The Yorkshire-based official booked two Chelsea players and three Hammers during a half in which United just about came out on top.

The game began quietly, and Didier Drogba's curling effort wide of Rob Green's left-hand post was the only shot in the opening 20 minutes.

Meanwhile West Ham had to wait until the 32nd minute before their first effort on goal; Nobby Solano's deft lob dropping on top of Carlo Cudicini's net.

The Peruvian had a second chance to open the scoring two minutes later when teed up by Luis Boa Morte on the edge of the box. Unfortunately the former Newcastle man could only fire over the bar.

West Ham's final chance of the half came from a Solano free kick wide on the right, but Matthew Upson - sporting the kind of beard Billy Bonds would have been proud of - couldn't connect fully and saw his effort drift wide.

Chelsea's second - and final chance of the half came three minutes from the break when a Frank Lampard corner was met by the head of Drogba at the far post. However Rob Green was well placed to pluck the African's effort out of the air.

We'll have more for you at the final whistle.

West Ham Utd: Green, Neill, Gabbidon, Upson, McCartney, Solano, Parker, Mullins, Etherington, Boa Morte, C.Cole.

Subs: Wright, Spector, Collins, Ljungberg, Ashton.

Booked: Etherington (25), Solano (34), Boa Morte (45).

Chelsea: Cudicini, Belletti, Alex, Terry, Bridge, Sidwell, Mikel, Lampard, Kalou, Drogba, J.Cole.

Subs: Hilario, Ben-Haim, Makelele, Wright-Phillips, Shevchenko.

Booked: Mikel (37), Kalou (41).

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